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Old 28th February 2007, 11:01   #1
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We are planning to have a long trip to yercad from bangalore and I require some info on the route. I already know that it is nearby salelm.But is there any other alternate routes are available?

And i require some info about the GHAT section of salem to yercad.Guys who have done this section already please put ur experiences and suggestions.

Guys who are specialist in GHAT driving plz put ur suggestions and tips since it is going to be the first GHAT drive for me with family.

About my driving , I am a normal driver with around 6000km of driving experience ( 5000+ in city and rest in Highways ).Your tips and suggestions are greatly appritiated.
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Old 28th February 2007, 11:30   #2
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Nothing to feel nervous about the ghats. Avoid using excessive braking while on the descent. Engine brake as much as possible. The right of way is always for the vehicle climbing up. dont be in a hurry while taking bends. honk if you cannot see the road ahead around a curve. Enjoy the scenery & stop for a while to soak it in.
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why alternate route?. Bangalore- Salem route is excellent and I am sure you will enjoy this high speed stretch. Get in to Salem town (deviate from NH) at the first second round-about. If I am right, you will enter in to a big circle with 5 or six roads, take the third left - go through small towns to reach the fun part. Roads are good and yerkaad is a wonderfull place.

Enjoy!!
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Having lived in Yercaud for ten years I must say it is a place well worth a long trip to. Regarding the route, from B'lore it would be via Hosur - Krishnagiri - Dharmapuri - Salem - Yercaud which would come to a total of 230 kms.

You have to reach Salem to get to Yercaud. From B'lore to Salem the NH-7 is the best possible route. I cant think of another route for that. The Salem - Yercaud main ghat stretch is around 24 kms and it is a narrow winding ghat with 20 hairpin bends. There is another ghat route from Salem to Yercaud via Kuppanoor which is not recommended. After reaching Salem take a left from the NH-7 to reach 5-roads junction. Take the left at that roundabout (you'll see the direction board marked Yercaud in the roundabout) and proceed. When you reach Asthampatty 4 roads junction, take the left again and that leads to the ghat road.

The cardinal rule while driving to Yercaud is to use the horn as much as possible because of the innumerable blind curves. And also at times you need to get to the edge of the road to let an oncoming vehicle pass. Be careful when trying to overtake vechicles and do so only after ensuring there is no approaching curve. And do use the horn continuously when overtaking.

Other than that it is really nothing to worry about. The scenery and the climate is well worth the trip. What vehicle do you drive?
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Old 28th February 2007, 15:11   #7
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I am going by WagonR with four adults plus luggage. Is it possible with wagonR ?
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yup the route is ok and your wagon r will do just fine, watch out for buses on the ghat sections, so use horn often, switch off stereo or very low volume.

to give you an idea of road (ghat) this is what it will look like





avoid riding clutch (uphill) and brakes (down hill)

there are some areas around where you can visit but roads might be really bad (atleast was a year back)



so careful but dont have to be scared or anythin, keep the visits for day light hours.

enjoy your trip
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Really useful info,
Thankyou verymuch for ur tips and suggestions.
I update u guys after my trip.
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Route is Bangalore->Hosur->Krishnagiri(bypass)->Dharmapuri->Salem->Yercaud

Road from Bangalore to Krishnagiri is excellent. Part of the Golden Quadrilateral. The trouble starts right after that. The highway from Krishnagiri to Salem is being four laned and particularly the stretch from Krishnagiri to Dharmapuri (40kms approx) is bad. Watch out for huge potholes. Also there might not be any shoulders to the road in certain sections. Due to this traffic appears to be very heavy in that sector.

Watch out when you overtake or if someone is overtaking. There might not be a shoulder in case you have to move to the side. Buses and tempos are the biggest problem in this sector.

Dharmapuri to Salem road is also being converted to four lane. Except for one stretch after thoppur the road is good.

Avoid overtaking on curves and anticipate that some idiot might be overtaking on a curve on the opposite side.
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Just i read ur bangalore-yercaud writeup. wonderful writeup and i think it will be of great use for me.We are also thinking of starting by early morning after reading ur writeup to enjoy early morning driving.
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Default Bangalore - Yercaud Alternate Route

I am planning a drive in my i10 from Bangalore to Yercaud over the weekend. The popular route is Bangalore -> Salem -> Yercaud.

Did someone try the below route. I beleive the distance will be less. If yes, need information about the road condition, distance and is it worth it when compared to Bangaloe-Salem-Yercaud?

Bangalore->Hosur->Krishnagiri->Dharmapuri->Sivadi->Toppur->Kadiyampatti (Take left towards Danishpet )->yercaud

I am planning a day in yercaud. Reach there by around 11AM, and sart back by 11AM the next day. Will it be sufficient time to cover all the tourist spots in Yercaud.

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I am planning a drive in my i10 from Bangalore to Yercaud over the weekend. The popular route is Bangalore -> Salem -> Yercaud.

Did someone try the below route. I beleive the distance will be less. If yes, need information about the road condition, distance and is it worth it when compared to Bangaloe-Salem-Yercaud?

Bangalore->Hosur->Krishnagiri->Dharmapuri->Sivadi->Toppur->Kadiyampatti (Take left towards Danishpet )->yercaud

I am planning a day in yercaud. Reach there by around 11AM, and sart back by 11AM the next day. Will it be sufficient time to cover all the tourist spots in Yercaud.
I would say take the regular route. Much easier to drive, given the fact that NH7 is full 4L till Salem. Not sure of the other route.

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I am planning a drive in my i10 from Bangalore to Yercaud over the weekend. The popular route is Bangalore -> Salem -> Yercaud.

Did someone try the below route. I beleive the distance will be less. If yes, need information about the road condition, distance and is it worth it when compared to Bangaloe-Salem-Yercaud?

Bangalore->Hosur->Krishnagiri->Dharmapuri->Sivadi->Toppur->Kadiyampatti (Take left towards Danishpet )->yercaud

I am planning a day in yercaud. Reach there by around 11AM, and sart back by 11AM the next day. Will it be sufficient time to cover all the tourist spots in Yercaud.
See these thread for another route that I have traveled. Pics included.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...g-yercaud.html (Reclaiming Yercaud)

Last Week I went to Yercaud . U has to start u r day after 11 itself. Every thing is foggy there before 11. You can easily cover all the place in 1 day. I took normal route.
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Did someone try the below route. I beleive the distance will be less. If yes, need information about the road condition, distance and is it worth it when compared to Bangaloe-Salem-Yercaud?

Bangalore->Hosur->Krishnagiri->Dharmapuri->Sivadi->Toppur->Kadiyampatti (Take left towards Danishpet )->yercaud
Has anyone driven this route? I have tried this route by mobike in 1989, the road did not exist although it appeared in maps even then. The locals told me that the road was sanctioned but never built - or rather, the contractor billed for the road - so it exists on paper - but never built it! I went on the road for some distance, through fields and brushing bushes till I could go no further!
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